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Committee Unveils Statewide Road Plans

Posted April 24, 2008
Updated April 25, 2008

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— The 21st Century Transportation Committee on Thursday released its official plans for how the state should address its struggling roads.

The committee, created by the governor and the General Assembly, is proposing to stop the $172 million annual transfer from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund.

About $75 million of that money would go to the North Carolina Turnpike Authority for toll projects around the state. One of the top priorities is finishing Interstate 540/ N.C. Highway 540 in western Wake County. Construction could begin as early as this summer.

The remaining $97 million a year would be used to issue a $1.8 billion bond; the bond money would be used for interstates, public transportation, mass transit and bridge projects.

The transportation committee meets again to finalize its proposals on May 13, the same day the legislative session begins.

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  • turnpike420 Apr 25, 2008

    Yup, they are taking your money, raised from the Gas Tax, which is where the $170 million was being transferred from... putting it to build a TOLL ROAD so that you can be double dipped on.

    http://www.notollson540.org is the way to go. Pressure the NC Legislature to not push this through. The 21st Century Transportation Commission is some stupid official name to Governor Easley's croonies to make it "seem" like some other group is in support of their toll plans. Don't let an outgoing administration make this mistake for NC. Visit our "What Can I Do" page, ALL emails for NC Representatives and Senators are listed. Write them, tell them NO TOLLS!! http://www.notollson540.org

  • ncwebguy Apr 25, 2008

    Sssshh... stop telling the truth Leonardo!

    We need more posts about how the trust fun raiding is going right to the pockets of corrupt democrats, not the truth -- Republican Jim Graham took the "personal repsonsibility" to set aside funds to build roads and zero dollars to maintain them.

  • Leonardo Apr 25, 2008

    mep: "I seriously doubt our state govt can afford to have the $172 million annual transfer from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund stopped. They count on that money to fund everything from annual pig migrations to holiday travel for state employees. Hummm... same thing. Anyhow... I doubt it will happen. Instead they will raise taxes AND toll us to death."

    The article is misleading. The transfer is occurring from the Highway Trust Fund to the General ROAD MAINTENANCE Fund, not the General State Budget Fund. Both the road maintenance and highway trust funds get all their money from gas taxes (two separate gas taxes for two separate road funds). However, the cost of maintaining roads has gone up, so money is being taken from the 'new highways' portion of the gas tax and being put into the 'fixing existing roads' fund. You have a choice...1) bad roads, 2) fewer highways, or 3) higher gas taxes. Anyone who says otherwise is lying.

  • mep Apr 24, 2008

    I seriously doubt our state govt can afford to have the $172 million annual transfer from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund stopped. They count on that money to fund everything from annual pig migrations to holiday travel for state employees. Hummm... same thing. Anyhow... I doubt it will happen. Instead they will raise taxes AND toll us to death.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Apr 24, 2008

    I vote for the TOLLS. I dont have to drive my hoggin SUV over with all the Dot.coms to RTP so it does not effect my pocket but all the rich folks that dont care that gas is high can fork out a dollar or two to drive over to their computer world....

  • Frank Downtown Apr 24, 2008

    One good idea and one bad idea. Growth needs to fund itself. Impacted fees and use taxes should fund infrastructure!

  • whatelseisnew Apr 24, 2008

    So the best these guys have is create new taxes and borrow more money. I suggest the legislature ask them to go back to wherever they came from and stay put. Their idea to not fleece the trust fund anymore is the only thing that is worth a plug nickel.